Reports indicated that a Netflix executive did not believe the accusations from four separate women about sexual assaults perpetrated by actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson, a star on their show The Ranch. Now, after an apology from the streaming service, Masterson has been let go from the program.
The Huffington Post claims that a woman identified only as Victim B approached Andy Yeatman, the director of global kids content at Netflix, who was dismissive of her claims — saying quite plainly "we don’t believe them."
Netflix has since offered a statement on the matter: “Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
Now, Netflix's investigation seems to have concluded. The Hollywood Reporter says that Masterson has been fired from The Ranch.
"As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him," Netflix said in a statement. It is unclear if a petition to have Masterson removed from the show, which garnered over 35 thousand signatures, had any influence on their decision.
Masterson continues to deny any wrongdoing:
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me," he said in a statement. "Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one."
"In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty," Masterson's statement continued. "However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”
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